From music festivals, car races, history, heritage, food and everything in between. Here's your guide.
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Warriors Path State Park: Summer in the Park
July 2 - July 7FREE
NOTE: All activities meet in and near the park’s Main Campground, unless otherwise specified.
TUESDAY, JULY 2
10:00 AM MUSHROOM MEANDER – There is so “mush room” for mushrooms at
the park! Come take a walk down the cool and shady trail to meet these
fungi and to learn more about them. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll
carpool. Please wear sturdy shoes.
2:00 PM A NUTTY FRUITY HIKE – No, we’re not “nuts,” we’re just trying to find
some wildlife food. Meet at the main bath house to search for some ripe
4:00 PM CANOE RIDE & AQUATIC DISCOVERY- A quiet canoe in the bright
waters – there’s no better way to enjoy the peace and excitement of life in
the lake! See nature from a whole new perspective. NOTES: You must
sign up in advance at the Camp Store, since space is limited. Children
under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and anyone under 18 must
have an adult to sign a release form. Meet at the Marina.
7:00 PM BIRDS OF PREY – Meet some real live feathered hunters. Come to the
Open Air Chapel and see “whooo…” is waiting for you. If it is raining,
meet at the main bath house.
9:00 PM RIDGETOP NIGHT HIKE – It’s a whole different world out there at
night! Tonight is our chance to explore a fine old forest and some dark
sky views. Bring a flashlight and drive to the camp store. We’ll carpool to
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3
9:30 AM WAKE UP WALK – Let’s wake up our senses to morning in the forest.
Meet at the main bath house for a refreshing morning walk.
11:30 AM BIKE RIDE AND STREAM WALK – Come explore life in the muddy
places. That cool creek water sure will feel good after a warm bike ride.
Pedal on down to the camp store, and we’ll ride down to the creek. Be
sure to wear old clothes and shoes – we will get wet and muddy! Note that
ALL riders MUST wear a bicycle helmet. Children 10 or under must be
accompanied by an adult!
2:00 PM THE THREE R’S – Do you know the Three R’s? Come to the Open Air
Chapel to explore ways we can save money, families, and the planet.
Meet at the main bathhouse if it rains.
4:00 PM CRITTER PATHS – Be a critter detective! Find out what’s been
wandering through the campground habitats. Meet at the camp store.
7:00 PM NATURE GAMES – Don’t miss the natural fun – for the young or the young-at-
heart! Meet at the Open Air Chapel for some lively games about our natural
world. If it’s raining, meet at the main bath house.
9:00 PM HUG-A-TREE AND SURVIVE – Do you know how to keep yourself and your
children safe in the woods? Enjoy this special slide program on how to keep from
getting lost, and how to keep safe if you are lost in the woods. Meet at the Open
Air Chapel, or pool entrance if it is raining.
THURSDAY, JULY 4 ✰✰✰ Happy Birthday USA ✰✰✰
9:30 AM PATRIOTIC PICNIC HIKE – Start the day off with a hike along the Woodland
Ridge trail. Along the way, we’ll talk about how the early people traveled and
what they ate along the way. Please bring a packed lunch and water. (Some
snacks will be provided.) This trip will last around 3-4 hours.
2:00 PM AMERICAN CRAFTS – Try your hand at a traditional American craft! Crafting
is an important part of our American tradition – a tradition of fun and of trading.
Join us at the main bathhouse for a chance to talk about and make one of these
5:00 PM HOME-MADE ICE CREAM – There’s nothing better on a hot afternoon than
some home-made ice cream! And there’s no better way to work up an appetite
than to turn the crank on an ice-cream freezer! Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or
main bath house if it is raining.
9:00 PM OUR HISTORY LANTERN HIKE – Take a night hike to explore some East
Tennessee history! Our corner of America has a rich regional history: from
agriculture to folklore to women’s history. We’ll supply the old-timey lanterns,
but children should bring flashlights instead for safety. Drive to the camp store
and we’ll carpool to the trail.
FRIDAY, JULY 5
9:30 AM DEVIL’S BACKBONE HIKE -Come hike to the high places, and get some new
views of our park land. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool to the start of
an invigorating hike.
2:00 PM PEOPLE TRACKS – Every living thing changes the land it lives on How have
we people changed the park land? Meet at the Open Air chapel to begin a short
hike, as we “track down” signs of the many folks who have touched this land.
4:00 PM SPOTLIGHT WALK – Let’s shine our light on some bright natural discoveries.
Meet at the camp store to begin a short, sunlit hike
5:30 PM FLYING “SQUIRRELS” – We DO have flying squirrels in the park forests, but
these “squirrels” are actually frisbees. We’ll use the flying disks to play a game
about flying squirrels and their lunch! Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main
bath house if it is raining
7:00 PM EARTHBALL GAMES – Let’s have a ball – a six foot tall ball!! Meet at the
Open Air Chapel for some lively, cooperative games. If it rains, we’ll have some
smaller ball games at the main bath house.
9:00 PM DRAGONFLIES – These fascinating insects have some amazing life stories to
tell. Come enjoy a slide-illustrated talk about these “bugs” that zip through the
summer skies. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or the pool entrance if it’s raining.
SATURDAY, JULY 6
9:30 AM WETLAND WALK – Wetlands are wet, and full of life! Come along for a soggy
hike near Fall Creek, on the far side of the Devil’s Backbone. We might even
spot a few dragonflies! Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool.
1:00 PM PLANKTON – For us, the lake is a place to go boating or fishing. But for the
micro-world of plankton, it’s a home. Come help us sample this incredible world
of tiny lives floating in lake water. Meet at the main bath house, and we’ll stroll
on down to the shore.
3:00 PM TAG – You’re it! You’re the one we need to make all these great tag games work.
Meet at the Open Air Chapel for all kinds of tag games. If it is raining, meet at
the main bath house.
5:00 PM BUTTER CHURNING – Early settlers had no WalMart or Food City! How did
they get butter for their bread? Meet at the Open Air Chapel to try an old-timey
life skill. If it’s raining, meet at the main bath house.
7:00 PM PLANT DEFENSES – They don’t look too stressed, but even plants have their
troubles! Find out how our green neighbors deal with the troubles of life. Meet at
the Open Air Chapel to begin our short walk.
9:00 PM CAMPFIRE MUSIC – Campfires are great, and music makes them even better!
Meet at the campfire circle for some musical fun around the bright fire. We’ll
discover more about the region’s musical history while we try out some
traditional songs. Please DO bring along your musical instrument (if you have
one)! In case of rain, meet at the pool entrance.
SUNDAY, JULY 7
9:00 AM WORSHIP SERVICE – Enjoy a peaceful morning worship service at the Open
Air Chapel, or at the pool entrance if it is raining. Sponsored by the Colonial
Heights Baptist Church.
SPECIAL NOTE: Please remember that fireworks,
firecrackers, etc. are not permitted in Tennessee
State Parks. Thank you for helping to keep it a safe
July 4th celebration!